World Book Day
Thursday 3rd March is World Book Day and the chance to celebrate all things great in the literary world.
People like to celebrate in different ways. Some dress up as their favourite characters, others hold book clubs and others just got for a book marathon.
As such, we asked members of our team to share their favourite books, authors and characters.
Lucy, Marketing and PR Executive
I have many favourite books and most of them are by British author, Louise Candlish!
Particular favourites are: Our House, The Disappearance of Emily Marr, The Sudden Departure of the Frasers and Those People. When it comes to books, I have to be gripped quickly and Louise pulls readers in from the very start with her fantastic thrillers.
Other favourites of mine include Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (loved the movie as well), One Day by David Nicholls and The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.
James, Social Media Manager
My favourite book is Ian Fleming’s Moonraker, the third book in the James Bond series.
It’s completely different to the movie. It’s just a great story about James Bond investigating a strange entrepreneur with a shadowy past and a devious plan and it’s all set – not in Venice or the Bahamas, but in Devon. Moonraker was written before any of the films were made so it’s a very different animal in terms of tone. There’s no exotic locations or one-liners but there is still some good espionage and Bond is brutal. There is a Bond Girl, Gala Brand who is a superb character. There are some things from this book that are used in other movies in the film franchise, so it’s fun to spot those as you go through.
Fun note: Fleming wrote this novel on a golden typewriter at his Jamaican home, called… Goldeneye.
Emma, Brand and Communications Manager
Where the Crawdads Sing – by Delia Owens
My dad actually said that this was the ‘best book he’s ever read’. After reading it, I whole-heartedly agree!
A poetic portrait of the wonders of a marsh, and the fight of loneliness and survival of a ‘Marsh girl’ abandoned from a young age.
Considering it usually takes me about 3 months to read a book, I finished this within a weekend!
Hannah, Marketing Executive
My choice would be The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab.
I read quite a lot, so it takes a special kind of book to really sit with me, but Addie LaRue really did. The story is about a young woman who makes a bargain with the devil that makes her immortal, but he also curses her to be forgotten by everyone she meets. The characters are all exceptionally written, so much so that it’s hard to believe they aren’t real. It’s the perfect book if you want a good cry too and is incredibly haunting.
Sarah, Customer Strategy Manager
One of my favourites over the past few years has been ‘Everything I know about love’ by Dolly Alderton
A fantastically written, relatable, hilarious and honest view of life as a 20 or 30 something in todays world. I laughed out loud at least 14 times and read this cover to cover within a matter of days.
Jordan, UX Executive
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Couldn’t pick a favourite so I’ve included the full trilogy (if that still counts), possible one of the greatest piece of fantasy writings ever which ultimately ended up producing some of the greatest movies in film, the Lord of the Rings which came out in the 50’s is an epic adventure which follows the characters of Middle Earth. Everything about these books are magnificent from the world it build, to the depth of the characters it’s a must read. With it being one of the best selling books of all time I think it’s unlikely we’ll see this being matched.
Flic, Digital Brand Manager
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a great read. It’s about a woman called Eleanor, she is happy and nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. It’s moving, funny but also incredibly sad at times.
I have lots of authors that I love and read their books, but one of my favourites is Tess Gerritsen.
Her books are usually about a murder and about the relationship between the Police Detective, Jane Rizzoli, and the Medical Examiner Maura Isles. They work together to solve the crimes and develop a great friendship and respect for each other.
I have read about 13 of her books and every one I couldn’t put down. They capture me from the first page until the very last page.
What do you think of these choices?
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